In a move that would encourage IIT graduates to enter the research field, the Human Resource Development Ministry is contemplating the introduction of a fellowship program called “Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship”. The current plan is to introduce this program in the next academic year when this opportunity will be made available to 1000 students.
Research vital for development of the country
The government’s notion of encouraging IIT graduates to take up research work immediately after graduation will be a reality from the next academic year. If implemented successfully, this step could lead to a reduction in India’s dependency on foreign research.
A top official within the government said that a committee suggested that third-year students pursuing their B.E in IITs and NITs should also be given a chance to participate in this program. The said committee is headed by former IIT Mumbai Director and eminent scientist Anil Kakodkar.
The government has realised that cutting-edge innovation aided by intensive research work is vital for the betterment of the country and improving the standing of the nation at a global level. Research plays a crucial role in the ranking of global educational institutes, and this initiative could place India on the global research map.
An official working closely with the program was quoted saying “The plan is to aid IIT pass outs to focus their ideas and interests on innovative research and make it an attractive field. The path-breaking discoveries could help strengthen academic environment in the long run”.
To gain this fellowship, final year students studying in the IITs should submit their research outline. This will be reviewed by a committee formed by the IIT Board. The fellowship will be granted to candidates who present innovative ideas.
The top decision-making body for the premier institutes – the IIT council, will be finalising the details of the program.